Today we celebrated the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi in our office with great spirit. Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.
As with anything important, plans for the festival began well in advance. The office had a festive look on this day and was decorated beautifully with pandals which contain the deities and images of Lord Ganesha. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, we decorated the office with torans (garlands made of marigold flowers and mango leaves) and brought the idol with the accompaniment of loud music.
On the first day of the festival, a special puja was performed by the pundit. The idol of Lord Ganesha is kept within office premises and employees came together to do the prayers and rituals, which was followed by the distribution of ‘Prasad’.
Some of our colleagues brought ‘modakas’ and offered Lord Ganesha on this auspicious day. The Lord is worshipped in the same manner in morning and in the evening for all 10 days. On the eleventh day, the idol is taken on a procession through the streets of the city and then immersed in water body after a pooja done on the riverbank.
The immersion is done with people shouting “Ganapati Bappa Morya, Purcha Varshi Laukariya” which means people are praying to Lord Ganesha to come early next year. The final offering is usually flowers, camphor and coconut. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival was celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm at our office.